Rebecca is a teacher first and a dog trainer second. She believes that in order to have a well-behaved dog, it is the owner who must be taught first. Rebecca thrives on interaction with both people and pets and brings passion and determination to her work. She believes that every dog has potential, no matter the age or breed, and that if it can be done, it can be done using positive methods. Rebecca has been training dogs professionally for 12 years and does not subscribe to the use of force or intimidation. Training is about a bond of trust and love between dog and handler.
Emily has always had a passion for animals, and wants to ensure all owners have a chance at achieving clear, two-way communication with their dogs using positive reinforcement techniques. She believes that each training session is just as much teaching the person as it is the dog, and wants to help each owner form a partnership of confidence and communication with their pets. She is a firm believer that the proper treats, toys and timing will work wonders on dogs of all ages and types. Emily received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Montevallo in 2013 and has been taking her own dogs to classes taught by Rebecca Mason since 2007. She has been with Love Them Train Them since 2016 and is working toward certification.
Within every dog is the potential to be amazing. This is what Meredith loves to teach her clients and friends! Meredith has always surrounded herself with animals. She spent her younger years volunteering at her local animal shelter where she fell in love with animal rescue and began fostering dogs. Her interests led her to delve deeply into dog training and behavior. In 2015, Meredith managed a doggy daycare where she managed playgroups and learned about dogs’ social behaviors and group dynamics. Meredith is currently employed at Shelby Humane Society as the foster and volunteer coordinator. She also leads WoofPack, their shelter dog training program, and does behavior modification with shelter dogs experiencing issues ranging from extreme fear to reactivity to resource guarding.
If you love your job, there is no such thing as work, and when it comes to dog training, there are few things Anthony loves more. He believes training needs to be as much fun for the dog as it is for the human and that relationship-building and communication are crucial. When it comes to Anthony, there are absolutely no strangers. He loves making connections with others – both human and canine – and has a calm spirit that even the shyest dog finds welcoming, hence his special interest in working with fearful and anxious dogs.
Brihanna Contreras, Assistant Trainer
Brihanna first took classes with Rebecca in 2013 and joined Love Them Train Them in 2018. She is also a veterinary technician at Bluff Park Animal Clinic and is mom to 5 dogs, Aminah, Willa, Luna, Lynx, and Pongo, and 2 cats, Joplin and Cy. Brihanna is passionate about rescue and spends her free time working with Steel City Cat Rescue. Brihanna loves helping with tricks class and enjoys watching timid dogs gain confidence. Her favorite thing about training is seeing the difference in the owner’s knowledge and ability from week 1 to week 6 and watching them learn to problem-solve.
Jessica has been with Love Them Train Them since early 2019 and is mom to dogs Ford, Jasper, and Byrd, and cat Amelia. Jessica’s father showed and trained dogs, and after 20 years of being a certified florist, Jessica is seeing her life come full circle as she begins to carry on her dad’s legacy. Jessica was hoping 2019 would be a year of change for her – taking on new projects and following new passions. Well, here that passion is! Jessica loves witnessing “lightbulb” moments between dogs and their owners and enjoys teaching them how to communicate with one another.